Too Many Cooks

I can’t, in good conscience, recommend anyone watch Too Many Cooks, the 1980s sitcom intro parody. And not just because it’s an 11-minute YouTube video (who has time for that?).

The video has its own brand of weird. I watched it with my wife the other day, and now she’s understandably trying to keep me away from the Internet. But the song and idea of it has been stuck in my head for days now.

Thank you Andy for unleashing it on my corner of the Internet.

The personal site

Andy Baio and Gina Trapani recently expressed the sentiment of what I’m trying to do with this site–I’m making a place where I can write and share short things that either don’t belong on other platforms or shouldn’t only exist on other platforms. They are also reviving their sites to share and writing more personal short-form stuff.

Andy said:

Twitter’s for 140-character short-form writing and Medium’s for long-form. Weirdly, there really isn’t a great platform for everything in the middle — what previously would’ve just been called “blogging.” Mid-length blogging. Middling.

I think that’s partly why seeing Matt Haughey, Paul Ford, and Michael Sippey restart regular blogging on Paul’s delightfully retro tilde.club is so refreshing to me. I miss seeing people I admire post stuff longer than a tweet.

Gina had a similar sentiment:

I find tweets too reductionist and Medium pieces too bloviating, so I came to the same conclusion Andy did on mid-length writing. His post reminded me of a working draft I started awhile back called “New rules for blogging.”

It was interesting that one of the early comments on Andy’s post was from Seth Godin, welcoming Andy back to the party.

I love the Renaissance the personal site that the web is going through. The more Twitter and Facebook do to push away web geeks, the better the independent web will become.

Update: A couple more favorites of mine, Jason Snell and Marco Arment, have joined in with more short-form blogging too. — 11.02.14